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egornua1
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Excel to SharePoint list - Dates

Hello All,

 

Hope i may be able to get some help.

I am moving data from excel to a sharepoint list and have two date fields

 

I am using the below formula to convert the date

addDays('1899-12-30',int(variables('ETDVar')),'yyyy-MM-dd')

 

it works fine but i need to factor in when the date field is blank and i tried below

if(equals(items('Apply_to_each')?['ETDVar'],''),'',addDays('1899-12-30',int(variables('ETDVar')),'yyyy-MM-dd'))

 

It fails because of the ETD field being blank for some entries so the above formula must be incorrect.

 

Unable to process template language expressions in action 'Create_item' inputs at line '1' and column '25038': 'The template language function 'int' was invoked with a parameter that is not valid. The value cannot be converted to the target type.'.

 

Thanks for your time.

 

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eric-cheng
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Hi @egornua1 ,

 

If you go to the run history and go through your loop, are you able to isolate which rows are causing the error?

 

You can either fix up the values in your excel or implement some sort of exception handling which will skip those rows here.

 

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Try something like the following to test if ETD is empty or not:

ekarim2020_1-1626352823420.png

 

if(empty(item()['Value']),'Empty!', 'Not empty!')

Ellis

@eric-cheng  - hi Eric, yes its definitely the rows were the date field is blank so the formula must be incorrect.

I added a date to one of those rows and it populated the list.

Thanks for the reply

@ekarim2020 - thanks for the reply.

It won't do the create action when the date is blank. 

when i populate a date it creates in the list

 

thank you

egornua1
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Hello All,

 

Anyone with any other ideas on this?

the transfer between excel and sharepoint works fine with the exception of if a date field is blank

In the input dataset some dates are blank so really need to factor that in

 

thank you

Hi @egornua1 ,

 

I tried the below and it should ignore your date formula if the value from Excel is blank.

 

ericcheng_2-1626426882376.png

As I mentioned before, are you sure there aren't other values in your Date column which is not blank but is not a valid date either?

 

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@eric-cheng - Thanks for taking the time to respond.

So i checked the output for the list rows in table output and it looks fine.

In the example below, i took a row where one date field was blank and other was populated.

I do not see anything additional in the blank date fields.

"Vessel ETD_x002e_":"","Vessel ETA_x002e_":"44392"

 when both dates are populated in excel this entry goes through no problem.

Hi @egornua1 ,

 

Here is an Excel with a date formatted column

ericcheng_0-1626429342835.png

 

When I run List rows in table

 

[{"@odata.etag":"","ItemInternalId":"4a590d9a-f161-476b-8c89-79d8bde2d877","Status":"NEW","Tester Name":"Bob","Vessel ETD":"44393"},{"@odata.etag":"","ItemInternalId":"53c47fb7-3343-4aa8-bc96-e0880e9c02af","Status":"","Tester Name":"Sally","Vessel ETD":""},{"@odata.etag":"","ItemInternalId":"63beeac5-d9d9-406d-915e-b5f16706280c","Status":"NEW","Tester Name":"John","Vessel ETD":"44393"}]}}

 

Flow with the below formula.  It will check the value of Vessel ETD and write empty if it is blank, otherwise it will write the date value

 
if(equals(items('Apply_to_each')?['Vessel ETD'],''), '', formatDateTime(addDays('1899-12-30',int(items('Apply_to_each')?['Vessel ETD'])),'yyyy-MM-dd'))
 
Flow runs successfully.

 

ericcheng_1-1626429571089.png

 

SharePoint list 

 

ericcheng_4-1626430341743.png

 

If you pasted your original formula into an IF function, it will not work.  You need to use a formatDateTime function to cast your date to a 'yyyy-MM-dd' format

 

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